It’s the sixth day of my daily-post-for-a-week challenge so here are six of my favorite quotes on simplifying your life and work. (Above photo: A cover from one of my sketchbooks–I started carving with an exacto blade.)


The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak
~Hans Hofmann


[To simplify] is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process;
finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without
–and yet preserve the spirit of the whole.
~Willa Sibert Cather


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.
~Albert Einstein


The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.
~Doris Janzen Longacre


It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.
 ~Bruce Lee